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Teaching your child to read.

Teaching children to read – school ready!

Preparing your child for school begins at an early age, which is why it’s important to learn fun ways to teach your child to read. With the ever changing challenges your children will automatically face in school, you shouldn’t wait until kindergarten for your child to start and learn this essential skill.

Learning doesn’t have to be hard and let’s face it, it should be fun!

Here are done of my tips on getting started and helping your little ones to learn and expand their minds, knowledge and vocabulary.

1. FLASH CARDS

Back when I was at school – yes a while ago now, flash cards were the basics when it came to ways to learn to read. I remember playing snap and memory with my parents and siblings. Simple and easy to make your own bit most of all effective!

2. ROAD SIGNS

The road sign game is a lot of fun with your little ones. Granted, some names are difficult for little ones to pronounce in the beginning; however, it’s a fun and effective way for them to also learn colours on stop and give-way signs, also shapes of these signs, being hexagonal and triangle.

3. CHILDREN’S SHOWS

Children’s shows, such as Thomas the Tank Engine, Play School, Sesame Street, Dora the Explorer, and many more, offer some reading and word recognition skills. You can decide on your own which is the best option for your child, as some children’s TV shows are purely for entertainment purposes only.

4. COMPUTER-BASED LEARNING

Products like LeapFrog and Jumpstart offer computer-based learning, including reading skills. You can also download inexpensive and sometimes free apps for your iPad to help expand these skills. With so many options if you choose the right ones you can help your little one learn numbers, abc and much more!

5. MENUS

When dining out, you can use the menus to help your little one learn new words. In some restaurants you can also work on their foreign language skills and of course the cost of the meal. You can also get them interested in a healthy diet. Menus today, especially in fast-food restaurants, are required to show the calories for each option. This can help with not only learning and pronunciation of words but also numbers.
6. COMIC BOOKS

For children who love super-heroes, you can use comic books to help them learn to read. They are colorful, entertaining, and interest them as it highlights and showcases their favourite characters like Batman, Spider-Man, and more.
7. READ WITH THEM

Reading at least one story to your children before bedtime is a great way to encourage them to read. Books allow you to escape into a new world for both you and your child. Books inspire the imagination, also try having them read to you. They may miss words but it will excite them to turn pages and make up their own shorties. This will help your children wanting to learn more, just so they can discover what the happens next in the books.

I’m Moving!

Sorry I haven’t been blogging lately, I’ve been super busy moving house!

Very exciting times ahead for us.

It’s been quite chaotic and crazy packing boxes with a toddler running around.

Ive learnt a few things with this nice that I’ve found really helped.

Here are a few of my moving tips to help you ease  your next move!

1. Book your Removalist in advance. I booked mine a month in advance.

2. Have your booked Removalist drop boxes to you early – again mine were dropped 3 weeks early. This helps as your not as ruses and can start packing slowly. This then stops the panic rush and stress of packing.

3. Keep your old newspapers – uses these to wrap your valuables. Removalist wrapping paper is super expensive!

4. To move your clothing, I buy those big hessian bags that you generally use to take your clothes to the dry cleaner in. Easy to transport, cost shld the price if a small box at approx $3 ea and can carry sooo much more than the regular box!

5. Take your valuables inc Jewellery in your car with you – eliminates any chance of theft of loss.

6. Keep hydrated! Moving is hard yakka mentally and physically. Keep your fluids up and don’t forget to eat! You need energy!

7. After the nice is done, sit back and enjoy. Moving can be stressful and exhausting on you and your relationships. Be kind to yourself. If you don’t get it complete in the first few days, don’t stress – you live there now – ease yourself into it!